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Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation
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Finally, a Way to Teach Coding to the Touchscreen Generation

First came Generation X. Then the Millennials. And if you have kids under 10, you already know what they're going to be called: the Touchscreen Generation.

The Weird Reasons Why People Make ­p False Identities on the Internet
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The Weird Reasons Why People Make ­p False Identities on the Internet

Sockpuppetry—using false identities for deception—is centuries old, but the advent of the web has made creating sockpuppets, and falling for their tricks, easier...

How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud
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How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud

Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing...

The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future
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The Moral Hazards and Legal Conundrums of Our Robot-Filled Future

The robots are coming, and they're getting smarter.

Inside the Artificial Brain That's Remaking the Google Empire
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Inside the Artificial Brain That's Remaking the Google Empire

It was one of the most tedious jobs on the Internet. A team of Googlers would spend day after day staring at computer screens, scrutinizing tiny snippets of street...

Why Apple's Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming
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Why Apple's Swift Language Will Instantly Remake Computer Programming

Chris Lattner spent a year and a half creating a new programming language—a new way of designing, building, and running computer software—and he didn't mention...

How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will
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How Google Map Hackers Can Destroy a Business at Will

Washington DC-area residents with a hankering for lion meat lost a valuable source of the (yes, legal) delicacy last year when a restaurant called the Serbian Crown...

Scientists Create a New Type of Ultra-High-Res Flexible Display
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Scientists Create a New Type of Ultra-High-Res Flexible Display

We are surrounded by imperfect screens.

The ­ltra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything
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The ­ltra-Simple App That Lets Anyone Encrypt Anything

Encryption is hard.

Machines Finally Match Monkeys in Key Image-Recognition Test
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Machines Finally Match Monkeys in Key Image-Recognition Test

There are so many ways that humans are still superior to machines.

Could Color Wheels Make For Easier, More Secure Passwords?
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Could Color Wheels Make For Easier, More Secure Passwords?

The password as we know it is in critical condition.

This Is What Math Equations Look Like in 3-D
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This Is What Math Equations Look Like in 3-D

The doors to MIT are always unlocked.

Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones
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Researchers Find and Decode the Spy Tools Governments ­se to Hijack Phones

Newly uncovered components of a digital surveillance tool used by more than 60 governments worldwide provide a rare glimpse at the extensive ways law enforcement...

Google Embraces Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing
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Google Embraces Docker, the Next Big Thing in Cloud Computing

Google is putting its considerable weight behind an open source technology that’s already one of the hottest new ideas in the world of cloud computing.

Google ­ses Artificial Brains to Teach Its Data Centers How to Behave
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Google ­ses Artificial Brains to Teach Its Data Centers How to Behave

At Google, artificial intelligence isn't just a means of building cars that drive on their own, smartphone services that respond to the spoken word, and online...

B-52 Bomber Gets Its First New Communications System Since the 1960s
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B-52 Bomber Gets Its First New Communications System Since the 1960s

The B-52 bomber, one of the great stalwarts of America's military arsenal, is getting its first major communications system upgrade since the Kennedy administration...

The Age of Quantum Computing Has (almost) Arrived
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The Age of Quantum Computing Has (almost) Arrived

Google owns a lot of computers—perhaps a million servers stitched together into the fastest, most powerful artificial intelligence on the planet.

How Google Built Its 3-D Interactive Rubik's Cube Doodle
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How Google Built Its 3-D Interactive Rubik's Cube Doodle

Today Google launched one of its coolest doodles yet: a 3-D interactive Rubik's Cube.

Disney Invents Robots That Swarm Into Colorful Animations
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Disney Invents Robots That Swarm Into Colorful Animations

Walt Disney pioneered the art of animation and pushed the boundaries of robotics with his audio-animatronic presidents, but now the research lab that bears hisETH...

5 New Record-Breaking Roller Coasters That Will Terrify You This Summer
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5 New Record-Breaking Roller Coasters That Will Terrify You This Summer

Taller, faster, steeper, and more stomach-dropping amusement park rides are opening across the country.
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